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Sticky lock
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Ludwig    Posted 12-05-2003 at 07:48:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey gang, I figure maybe this brain trust will have a good answer for this one.
My wife's Mercedes car has a sticky ignition lock. I get the feeling some genius actually greased it. Today at 9 degrees it wouldn't turn. I heated the key for a second with the torch and it turned easy.
So 2 questions;
#1 How the heck am I going to get the grease out?
#2 Anybody got a good product for relubricating? I know I need a graphite lube, but I don't know what to look for.

bill b va    Posted 12-05-2003 at 13:59:42       [Reply]  [No Email]

take the tumbler out and clean it in solvent

ret    Posted 12-05-2003 at 09:29:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Salmoneye is right on this. Carb cleaner is the way to go. Then follow it up like he says with graphite. WD-40 works good on door locks, but can mess up ignitions, particularly newer types

Ludwig    Posted 12-05-2003 at 12:51:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats probably not a problem here. Its an '83....
The worst thing about this car is the vacuum shutoff valve, (its a diesel)....

Salmoneye    Posted 12-05-2003 at 08:35:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get some old rags...Wrap em around the steering column after you remove the cowling at the base where the shaft goes into the dash...Unhook the battery (and DON'T smoke)...Get a can of Carb-Cleaner with a hose like on WD-40 and insert in the lock and spray away...Should wash out all the crud...Then let it dry and put it back together...It should be good to go with a squirt of graphite after that...

Ludwig    Posted 12-05-2003 at 10:13:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, thats about what I figured. The lock is actually in the dash, it'll be a wicked mess. Fortunately I think the whole lock assembly is metal. I'll heat a key a little to warm the lock up and help the grease move. Then I'll spray the carb cleaner in and follow up with graphite.

Thanks gang!

Give it....    Posted 12-05-2003 at 08:28:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
a good snort of WD-40....

calypso    Posted 12-05-2003 at 08:19:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jeeez Ludwig - I'd go to the Mercedes shop where they serve champagne to their customers while awaiting service and let them deal with it IF I owned a Mercedes! LOL

rhouston    Posted 12-05-2003 at 08:26:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
ludwig's mercedes aren't what you'd call "dealer material". They requested that the next time it needs service to either bring it around back in a covered truck or they would make an exception and do a house call.

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